WISIONS of Sustainability

The main objective of WISIONS is to make clean energy a default solution for basic energy needs in developing regions, by helping local partners to identify successes and bring them to scale through regional networks, marketing and demonstration. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.

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Outcomes of the 2016 International Tech4Dev Conference

News from WISIONS posted on June 21st, 2016

The 4th UNESCO International Conference on Technologies for Development took place from 2nd to 4th May 2016 in Lausanne, Switzerland. It provided an opportunity for more than 400 researchers and representatives from NGOs, international organisations, and the private sector from 65 countries to discuss how to bridge the gap between technological innovation and its intended social impact.Read moreMinimize

This is an important question for sustainable energy projects, as these often fail to successfully translate into development impacts. The reasons for this rarely to do with the technology itself and can more often be attributed to socio-cultural, institutional and/or economical aspects.

The contributions and discussions at the conference allowed for a better understanding of the factors that support or hinder the ability of decentralized renewable energy initiatives to create social and economic impacts. Several presenters stressed the need to engage with the end-users more in order to best address their needs. It was pointed out that it is important to not only see end-users as passive receivers but to value their knowledge and capacities. Furthermore, it became evident that in order to measure and understand the extent and nature of social impact we need a mixed-methods approach that includes quantitative as well as qualitative evaluation. While quantitative methods are helpful to address the question of what happened as a result of the technical innovation, qualitative methods help to understand why and how social impact was or was not achieved.

For more information on the different breakout sessions and to download selected full papers please visit the Tech4DEV website.


Meet the WISIONS Team in Bonn and Berlin!

News from WISIONS posted on May 19th, 2016

The WISIONS team will participate in the "Bonn Climate Change Conference" (16th to 26th May 2016 in Bonn, Germany) and the "Berlin Conference on Global Environmental Change" (23rd to 24th May in Berlin, Germany).Read moreMinimize

The 2016 UNFCCC climate change conference in Bonn brings together representatives of all member countries of the UNFCCC for specific meetings on implementation and other business related to climate change agreements. This year's conference will include the forty-fourth session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice as well as the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement. Alongside the conference, many organisations organise side events intended to foster discussion and provide advice to policymakers attending the event. A list of the scheduled sessions is available here.

The 2016 Berlin Conference on Transformative Global Climate Governance “après Paris” is the 12th conference in the well established series of European Conferences on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change. The 2016 Berlin Conference was jointly initiated by the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at Freie Universität Berlin in the context of DIE’s Klimalog project.

This year's edition discusses topics like how the Paris Agreement will affect the institutional landscape of global climate governance and which new priorities have emerged in the negotiation of the Paris Agreement and related decisions. The conference programme is available here.



Outcomes of the 2016 "Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking" Conference

News from WISIONS posted on May 12th, 2016

In April 2016, the coordinator of the RedBioLAC network, which is supported by WISIONS, participated in the Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking Conference. It was organised by Hivos, SNV and the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity in Ethiopia, in cooperation with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.Read moreMinimize

The conference attracted around 140 participants and around 80% were from Africa. While biogas digestion systems for domestic use are widely established across Asia, the African continent still lacks the know-how and expertise regarding these technologies.

Recently, prefabricated fixed-dome biodigesters and different kinds of tubular digesters have been trialled but, to date, only 5% of the implementation potential for biogas plants in Africa has been realised. The main challenges include low initial investment capacities, limited knowledge (especially regarding the potential end uses of biogas and effluents) and poor quality systems.

During the conference, various sessions dealt with the potential and benefits of biogas use for cooking purposes, urban sanitation and communal usage. Further discussions included a market assessment of biodigesters, the question of financial accessibility and possible adaptions to international implementation models.

A more detailed report is available on the RedBioLAC website (in Spanish only).


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